The Chamber of Shipping has a new logo! Branding ourselves with new colours, look, and feel is just one of the many ways that we are looking to the future and embracing the changing times that we are experiencing today. There are more changes to come so keep an eye out!
A BC judge has ruled that the combined fines of $2.7 million issued under the Fisheries Act, $200,000 under the Migratory Birds Convention Act and $5,000 under the Pilotage Act be put into an environmental damage fund administered to benefit the Heiltsuk Nation. The incident spilled 110,000 litres of diesel and 2,200 litres of lubricants into the water. Kirby Offshore Operating admitted full responsibility for the spill and paid almost $6 million in compensation to the Canadian Coast Guard ($1.94 million), provincial government ($410,000) and the Heiltsuk Nation ($3.6 million). The sentencing hearing following the guilty plea was held on July 16, 2019, in Bella Bella.
BC Ferries is supporting a one-year research project at Galiano Island with the installation of thermal imaging cameras at their Sturdies Bay terminal. The project funded primarily by Fisheries and Oceans will help determine if automated thermal imaging technology, when used in combination with visual and acoustic detection, can be a reliable and effective way to detect whales. If the pilot is successful, the system could be used to alert ships to the presence of marine mammals in narrow waterways in the Salish Sea, and identify high-risk areas so mariners can make real-time decisions to slow down or use avoidance tactics when whales are present.
After nine impactful years, Jane McIvor has announced that the September edition of the BC Shipping News will be its last. Jane, President and Editor of the magazine together with her team of writers and assistants, have been instrumental in elevating the profile of the commercial marine industry in Canada. While losing this publication will certainly create a void in the industry, we are grateful for the years of knowledge and insights that they have shared, and we wish all those involved the best in their future endeavours. All back issues will continue to be available at https://issuu.com/janemci.
Captain Satinder Singh has just been appointed the Vice-President, Marine Operations and Harbour Master for the Port of Nanaimo. He brings 21 years of experience to the position and will be responsible for the safety and security within the Port’s jurisdiction. He has previously worked for the Department of National Defense at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in Victoria, as the Auxiliary Fleet Manager with Port Operations and Emergency Services Branch, and as the Detachment Superintendent with the Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental Test Range. Capt. Singh holds a Master in Maritime Management (MMM), Bachelor in Maritime Studies (BMS), and Diploma in Nautical Sciences, Certificate of Competency as a Master Mariner (MM) with Transport Canada. He also holds the Enforcement Officer Designation from Transport Canada under the Canada Marine Act.
Two Vancouver-based Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers have been appointed to high-level positions within prominent Canadian maritime law organizations.
Shelley Chapelski, partner and shipping lead in the law firm’s Canadian transport group, was elected to serve as president of the Canadian Maritime Law Association (CMLA); she is the second woman to hold this position in the association’s 68-year history.
Kaitlin Smiley, senior associate on Norton Rose Fulbright’s dispute resolution and litigation team, was named chair of the British Columbia branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Maritime Law Section. Smiley became the second woman to hold this position after Chapelski, who served as chair 15 years ago.
We are now one week away from the Mission to Seafarers’ annual and most important fund raiser of the year – the 12th Annual Cycling for Seafarers. The Mission is solely focussed on the welfare of seafarers who play such a vital role in ensuring that Canada’s domestic and international trade is delivered safely and efficiently. Please reflect on the importance of this initiative and consider making a contribution. The details of the ride can be found here and you are welcome to call or email Robert Lewis-Manning, Chairperson – Mission to Seafarers for further details.
BC Ferries has released the feedback it received during the new major vessel engagement the company ran earlier this year for the next generation of ferries. The first phase of engagement focused on nine topic areas, including: accessibility, pedestrians and cyclists, pet spaces, outdoor spaces, food and beverage, family spaces, new amenities, technology, and additional thoughts and key considerations like sustainability and future flexibility to meet changing needs. With more than 11,000 respondents, feedback included requests for more space and amenities for pet owners, more diversity in fresh food choices, improved areas for bicycle storage, quiet areas away from technology and noise, and environmental impact, among other topics.
Jim Pattison and his company, Great Pacific Capital Corp., have proposed taking lumber producer Canfor Corp. private for about $981.6 million. The company already owns 51 percent of Canfor and is proposing that it buys out the remaining shares for $16 apiece, an 82 per cent premium to the stock’s closing price last Friday. Canfor has formed a special committee of independent directors to review the offer. Canfor shares soared 72 per cent to $15.12 Monday. The deal, which values the Canfor at about $2 billion, would require the holders of two-thirds of the stock to approve a special resolution.
The bulk carrier, Minoan Glory, was outbound from Vancouver Harbour on Tuesday with a load of soybeans when it suffered an explosion in the vessel’s number 3 cargo hatch. The explosion was likely caused by excessive pressure built up during the cargo fumigation process. The sound of the hatch blowing and subsequent plume of steam from the hold drew a significant amount of attention. We are pleased that there were no injuries or pollution as a result of the incident. The vessel suffered minor damage and remains at anchorage in English Bay awaiting repairs.
The Government of Canada has announced a major investment of $13.1 million to increase capacity at the Stewart World Port (SWP) and improve the shipment of Canadian goods to overseas markets from Northern British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta and Saskatchewan to SWP instead of trucking or shipping by rail to other western marine port locations. The project includes installing bulk loading conveyor systems and power and control facilities at SWP. An estimated 275 jobs will be created in the region during construction and once completed, the improved trade corridor will reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the more efficient movement of cargo.
The digital division of Norwegian maritime services provider Kongsberg Gruppen AS announced a partnership this spring with Fujitsu Ltd. on artificial intelligence (AI) powered software that can optimize routes by learning the habits of captains and the history of their ships. This initiative seeks to reduce emissions and fuel costs ahead of the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap that reduces ship bunker fuel sulphur content to 0.5% from 3.5%. The Vessel Fuel Optimization software, developed at Fujitsu’s new AI headquarters in Vancouver, can reduce annual fuel costs by $1.3 million per vessel, according to the Japanese company. With as many as 50,000 ships on the seas, the cost savings could be in the billions of dollars. The software can be personalized based on preferences of the ship captain and past behaviours to optimize solutions for each voyage.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority has released a new economic impact study which revealed that employment associated with the Port of Prince Rupert has grown from 5200 jobs to 6200 jobs since 2016. In total, the international trade cargo handled in 2018 at the Port of Prince Rupert was valued at approximately $50 billion and the business of transporting that trade through the gateway created $1.5 billion of economic activity in the region.
Singapore-based port operator PSA International has completed the acquisition of Halterm Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners. This will be PSA’s first coastal terminal in Canada. The terminal is currently undergoing further berth expansion, including the delivery of a fifth Super Post-Panamax Quay Crane, which will enable Halterm to handle two mega container vessels concurrently in 2020.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has begun an assessment on the proposed marine shipping terminal to be built in Mine Cove, Little Lawn Harbour by Canada Fluorspar (NL) Inc. The facility, which will be built on the western municipal border of St. Lawrence, will include a waste-rock crushing plant, aggregate stockpiles, concentrate storage buildings, access and haul roads, a wharf, a conveyor, a ship-loader and a 350-metre long rock-filled breakwater. The proposed development would ship approximately 200,000 tonnes of acid-grade fluorspar concentrate and two-million tonnes of construction aggregate per year. The deadline for public comments on the project is Aug.29.
The Association of Pacific Ports (APP) has names Ian Marr, CEO of the Port of Nanaimo, as their new President. The APP is a trade and information association founded in 1913 as the Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities (PCAPA) for the purpose of promoting increased efficiency and effectiveness of the ports of the Pacific. There are currently 27 members of the APP and 47 associate members in Canada and around the globe.
FortisBC Energy has signed a two-year agreement with China's Top Speed Energy Corp for 53,000 tonnes of LNG to be shipped from its Tilbury facility by summer 20201. FortisBC's recently completed $400-million expansion project took capacity from about 35,000 to 250,000 tonnes per year, allowing a facility that had been used mainly for natural gas storage to become a commercial LNG production plant. The FortisBC shipments to China are to be delivered in 60 specialized shipping containers per week. The company has been selling small shipments of LNG in China on a spot basis since 2017.